Two Liberty Lake companies and the city of Spokane will collaborate to revive the Spokane HotZone, a 100-square-block area in the downtown core that provides free Wi-Fi.
Ptera Wireless and TierPoint, both based in Liberty Lake, have agreed to revive the service, which has been plagued by hardware failures and sporadic disruptions.
Launched in 2004, the HotZone’s organizers said it would be a deal-making service that would boost economic development in the heart of the city.
Demand for free Wi-Fi, while not as large as first anticipated, still exists, Ptera CEO Jim Wilson noted in a news release. The goal of upgrading the HotZone will be to provide two hours of free service for users, the release said.
It will also enhance community events such as Bloomsday and Hoopfest, as well as the Spokane University District, Wilson said.
Ptera will provide the wireless network and hardware; TierPoint will provide the Internet connectivity.
Nonprofit to get free broadband
Spokane network service provider Integra Telecom will donate a free year of T1 broadband connectivity to a Spokane-area nonprofit.
Nominations of worthy recipients are being accepted at the Integra Telecom website and can also be made in person at the company’s new Spokane office at 201 N. River Drive, downtown.
The value of the year’s service is about $6,000, according to an Integra Telecom spokeswoman.
Nominated nonprofits will qualify if their missions match the contest’s three themes: building community, promoting wellness or providing youth services.
The deadline for nominations is July 16. From the pool of eligible nonprofits, 10 will be selected. On July 27 one will be drawn at random.
Feds profit selling bailout stock
WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department said Thursday it has raised $10.5 billion from the sale of a total of 2.6 billion shares of Citigroup stock it received as part of the government’s rescue of the bank.
The government sold the shares at a profit as it seeks to recoup the costs of the $700 billion financial bailout in 2008.
The Treasury says the latest sale of 1.1 billion shares, which figures into the total, completes its second phase of selling operations.
In the latest Citigroup sale, the stock sold for an average price per sale of around $4.03, the Treasury said. That would represent a profit form the $3.25 price the Treasury paid to obtain the shares.
The government still owns 5.1 billion shares of Citigroup stock and expects to continue selling shares at a future date.
From wire reports
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